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Save Wildlife, Stop the Use of Cyanide in Gold Mining

Lovers of wildlife will be aghast to learn that gold mining operations contribute to the needless deaths of animals and birds in the world. The cause of their deaths – cyanide. Since 1887, toxic sodium cyanide has been used in gold mining operations. It remains the primary reagent in use for gold processing today because…
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Environmental, Social and Governance Criteria in Mining is Gaining Traction

In this day and age, investor priorities have shifted. Investors are no longer just interested in the financial returns they can reap; they are also concerned about how well a business does in meeting Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria. ESG criteria — the standards for a company’s operations that socially conscious investors use to…
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Clean Earth achievements

Building On A Simple Recipe For Complex Cleanups

What do veggie oil, wool and sulphur have in common? Mixed together, they could be the answer to some of the world’s biggest environmental cleanup problems. It has been exactly a year since Clean Earth Technologies (CET) broke new ground with a technology partnership that is combining simple ingredients with smart chemistry to fix some…
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Black Market Mercury

No Silver Lining For Gold Mining

Mercury, also known as quicksilver, has long been used to extract gold from ore. But the legacy of its use is decimated vegetation, dead wildlife and widespread pollution. Environmentalists claim mining produces 20 tons of toxic waste for every 0.333-ounce gold ring and is responsible for dumping 180 million tons of toxic waste into rivers…
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Can Gold Be Green?

There is a growing move towards more sustainable investment. Investments where factors beyond profit are given precedence – like impact on the environment and society. Can gold mining be a part of this “green investment” movement? The basic premise behind investing is to make money. But there is a growing propensity for investors to consider…
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E-waste – Huge Problem and a Golden Opportunity

The world is on track to produce 74 million metric tonnes a year of e-waste by 2030 so the disposal of redundant devices is a huge problem…but it’s also a golden opportunity. Electronic devices like mobile phones, laptops, TVs and cameras are everywhere – for many they are essential to modern life. But this insatiable…
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E-Waste Solutions

Tackling E-Waste – A Global Challenge

In 2019, a record 53.6 million metric tonnes of electronic waste was generated worldwide, up 21% in just 5 years according to a UN Report. The report added that e-waste discarded products with a battery or plug will soar to 74 metric tonnes by 2030. Unfortunately, only 17.4% of 2019’s e-waste was collected and recycled.…
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Illegal Mining in Costa Rica

Gold’s Dark Underbelly

Some of the world’s richest gold reserves lie in some of the world’s poorest countries. So while responsible mining companies carry out legitimate operations, under the watchful eye of governments and regulators, illegal gold mining also flourishes under the fist of organised crime gangs. Illegal gold mining is a big problem in Sub-Saharan Africa and…
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Solution to eradicate toxic practices: Mining for gold

Clean Earth Technologies’ solutions look to eradicate toxic practices: Mining for gold

Clean Earth Technologies goes on air!  How to eradicate toxic practices in mining for gold? Every year Singapore generates about 60,000 tonnes of e-waste. E-waste of course doesn’t just refer to mobile phones – we’re talking about all kinds of electrical and electronic waste such as computers, laptops, mobile phones and even TVs. Companies are…
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Dry Waste Circumvents Failing Tailings Risk

Tailings dams rank among the largest engineered structures on earth and many have failed, with catastrophic results, spewing toxic materials into their surrounds. New global safety and reporting standards were introduced in 2020, on the anniversary of the world’s biggest tailings dam collapse, at Vale’s Brumadinho dam, in Brazil, in which more than 250 people…
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Is Gold Losing Its Lustre?

Demand for gold shows no sign of waning but mining companies are facing greater opposition from local communities concerned about the environmental impact of the industry’s toxic processes. Under the town of Curraghinalt, in a remote corner of the Sperrin mountains, in County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, sits a 460 million-year-old gold seam with the…
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The costs of Gold Mining

All That Glitters May Not Be Old-Fashioned Gold

Gold was one of the best performing assets of 2020 reaching an historical high of US$2,067.15/oz as investors looked to shelter from COVID-19 by squirrelling their money into physical and physical-linked gold products. It was a strategic play in times of unprecedented political and social uncertainty and one that has fuelled a big rise in…
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Clean Earth Technologies

Golden Opportunity To Stop Toxic Practices

Mining of Gold has been making great strides when it comes to revamping its ethical image and there is irrefutable proof that good environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) are not only the right thing to do, they are good for business. The sharemarket is rewarding those that set high standards. Investors are favouring operators…
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e-waste 5G phones

Leaner but not greener: Digital devices and e-waste

The first mobile phones debuted in the early 1980s and were so bulky they needed handles to carry them. But while the devices keep getting leaner, they aren’t necessarily any greener. The very innovations that are taking the bulk out of our electronics – like miniaturised components and gluing parts together to make the device…
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Recycling E-Waste Can Be A ‘Golden’ Opportunity

Production of computers, mobile phones, TVs and other electronic products used a staggering 320 tonnes of gold and more than 7,500 tonnes of silver every year, revealed by the Global E-Sustainability Initiatives (GESI), a collaboration between technology companies and the United Nations*. Some of the gold used also come from the 1,000 tonnes of recycled…
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E-Waste Has A Debilitating Effect on Society

Electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) waste or e-waste is expected to balloon to 74 million metric tonnes in 2030*. It is the world’s fastest growing domestic waste stream. The range of e-waste is expansive. It includes TVs, printers, keyboard, computer monitors, mice, cables, circuit boards, calculators, flashlight, smart phones, answering machines, digital/video cameras, VCRs, DVD…
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The World Has An E-Waste Problem

Electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) has become a part of everyday life. However, the way in which we produce, consume, and dispose of e-waste is unsustainable. Because of the slow adoption of collection and recycling, externalities such as the consumption of resources, the emission of greenhouse gases, and the release of toxic substances during informal…
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Gold Mining and the Green New Deal

Due to the evolution of the mining industry and tightening government regulations, gold mining companies may need to re-evaluate their business practices. A series of movements, policy proposals, and approved pieces of legislation around the world are pushing “green new deals” designed to slash emissions and foster greater sustainability. These efforts seek to create opportunities…
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COVID-19 as The Great Reset — Gold Mining Operators to Build Back Better

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the mining industry. Supply chains were disrupted when many mining companies scaled down their activities, and this has resulted in stalled expansion projects which hinder efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Recovery and re-starting growth will be an arduous process for gold mining operators. But…
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Mining Assets and Climate Risk

Climate-associated risks will make mining assets more vulnerable. The demand for water may exceed available supply, and natural disasters, along with the necessity to avoid emissions-intensive projects, will increasingly require mining operators to reconcile their asset evaluation with climate change. The mining and metals industry is currently challenged by emission-reduction efforts and increasingly stricter legislation,…
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Increasing demand for low-carbon technologies will boost mineral and metal needs

The advancement of Industry 4.0 is expected to be achieved by low-carbon technologies, which will inevitably be spearheaded by an uptick in the mining of minerals and metals. As innovative solutions to complex challenges are critical to ongoing sustainability efforts, the mining industry is, and will continue to be, quite literally, the bedrock foundation essential…
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Pointing mining activities to a more sustainable direction

In recent years, the notion of sustainable mining has worked its way onto the agenda of many international processes. Ensuring that mining activities are carried out in a sustainable manner will require concentrated efforts by all stakeholders over a long period of time. The extractive industry’s contribution to developing countries has been extensively documented by…
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A paradigm shift in the making for the mining industry

The mining industry provides the metals and minerals that are the basic building blocks of infrastructure, development, and instruments of daily use. It is also facing a paradigm shift as operations become safer, cleaner, and more efficient. Mining companies are increasingly aware of the need to balance critical partnerships among industry, local communities, and governments;…
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95% Gold Recovery achieved

Through testing, gravity separation, and leaching using the Clean Mining / CSIRO non-toxic process, Radio Gold Mine in Southern Cross Australia has achieved 95% gold extraction with the bulk of recovery occurring within the first 4 to 5 hours. Following successful leach testing results of other global mining clients with 80% – 90% leaching recovery,…
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Gold producing countries and their need for clean gold processing technology

As one of the rarest elements in the world, gold makes up about 0.003 parts per million of the Earth’s crust. Gold mining operations occur globally in widely varying types and scale, but substantial new discoveries are rare and production levels are increasingly constrained. Countries all over the world are also seeking non-toxic alternatives to…
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Mapping mining to the SDGs

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) encapsulate the global action plan for social inclusion, environmental sustainability, and economic development. An unprecedented mobilisation of human, physical, financial, and technological resources to advance job creation, innovation, investment, and infrastructure, the call-to-action hinges upon the invaluable and ongoing partnerships between governments, the…
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Breakthrough cyanide-free ‘clean gold’ process building momentum

Kevin Fell​, Group CEO of ​Clean Earth Technologies​, was quoted by ​Mining Review Africa on the industry-changing solutions being advanced by the company. The article, which was published on 11 September 2020, can be accessed via this ​link​. The following is a reproduced summary of the article. Lethal cyanide and dangerous tailings dams could soon…
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Test results a clarion call for clean gold processing — Clean Earth Technologies Group CEO Kevin Fell Interviewed by The ASIA Miner

Kevin Fell​, Group CEO of ​Clean Earth Technologies​, was interviewed by Asia-Pacific’s bilingual resource industry magazine ​The ASIA Miner on industry-changing solutions being advanced by the company. The full interview, which was published on 15 September 2020, can be accessed via this ​link​. The following is a reproduced summary of the interview. Clean Earth Technologies…
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A decade of underperformance for gold discoveries may present upsides

New gold discoveries have languished over the past ten years, but there may be upsides attached to the recent rise in gold prices because quality assets are in short supply over the short to medium term. According to an ​S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis on major gold discoveries, while 278 deposits containing 2,194.5 million ounces…
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Balkan Blitz as investors move into region

The extractive industry has historically played a vital part in the history and economy of the Balkans. Investors’ renewed interest in mining operations is indicative of the potential in this region, which boasts some of the largest deposits in Europe. Ensuring that mining operations are carried out in a safe, effective, and sustainable manner will…
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Clean Earth Technologies Group CEO Kevin Fell interviewed by SE Asia Consulting

Kevin Fell, Group CEO of Clean Earth Technologies, was interviewed by Singapore-based business consulting firm SE Asia Consulting (SEAC) on industry-changing solutions being advanced by the company. The full interview, which was published on 10 July 2020, can be accessed via this link. The following is a reproduced summary of the interview. Clean Earth Technologies…
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New scientific developments in geology may drive gold mining prospects

Porphyry deposits are naturally occurring geological formations that are the largest reservoirs of copper and gold. New scientific developments in geology may drive gold mining prospects, as knowledge of the amount of gold in porphyry copper-gold deposits is important for mining operators to gauge the mine’s economic attractiveness and evaluate the distribution of gold in…
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Mining our way to sustainability

Day-to-day activities in modern society are fundamentally tied to the production output of the extractive industry. Legal and regulatory reform, institutional strengthening, and a clean extractive industries value chain will enable sustainable economic growth and development whilst respecting community needs. With good governance and transparent management, the mining industry can have a positive impact on…
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De-hubbing mercury from global gold production

Anthropogenic mercury pollution occurs when artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) operators use toxic mercury to extract gold. This is a huge concern because no safe level of exposure to mercury exists. Immediate, corrective, and enforceable actions by legislative and judicial organs around the world are needed, and the illicit trade of mercury needs to…
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Nitrates and Phosphates causing eutrophication of coastal areas and surface water

The eutrophication of surface water and coastal zones is expected to increase globally until 2030. While the rate of eutrophication may stabilise in developed countries, researchers believe that it may continue to worsen in developing countries. This will inevitably lead to the degradation of coastal areas and surface water quality, placing further strain on two…
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Realising mining’s potential contribution to sustainable socio-economic progress

Natural resources have the potential to drive growth, human development, and poverty reduction in many countries. But for a very long time, ‘gold mining’ and ‘sustainable socio-economic development’ were seen as a contradiction in terms. Now, the mining industry is at an inflection point. Mining operations can be clean, safe, and sustainable to achieve long-term…
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IGOs and UN bodies’ industry partnerships with gold mining operators may benefit society and the environment

Intergovernmental organisations and UN bodies have the capacity to provide formal, ongoing, multilateral processes of decision-making between states, along with the capacity to execute the collective will of their member states. 1 These entities subsume a stable regulatory oversight on decision-making and governance whilst providing institutional autonomy. It is thus critical that mining operators engage…
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Gold Mining’s Potential Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

Adopted by all 193 member-states of the United Nations in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals constitute the universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. Defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet…
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Mining opportunities abound in Kazakhstan

Mining accounts for roughly 13 to 14 percent of Kazakhstan’s gross domestic product and more than 20% of the country’s exports. 1  Gold mining, in particular, has seen impressive growth over the past few years as foreign mining companies made huge investments into the country’s top mines. Explored since the Soviet times, the largest of…
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Gold rush as investors dig deep to survive crisis

With rising COVID-19 infections and geopolitical tensions around the world, uncertainty has continued to cloud investor sentiment. Many investors are scrambling to safety, driving a meteoric rise in the value of gold, a traditional safe haven, to levels not seen since 2012. Sophisticated fund managers have even begun funneling money into gold exchange-traded funds, which…
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Preventing the Tunapocalypse

The artisanal and small-scale gold mining industry (ASGM) is the largest source of man-made mercury contamination globally, and, according to a paper published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, it is responsible for 37% of anthropogenic mercury emissions. 1 ASGM outfits in Asia, Africa, and South America commonly use the mercury…
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Rising Gold Prices Reinvigorate the Allure of Gold Mining

Uncertainty is pervading economic sentiment. Analysts are worried about geopolitical tensions and a second wave of COVID-19 infections that could potentially send the global economy spiralling into an even deeper slump. Meanwhile, investors are turning to gold as a safe haven asset, leading to gold prices rising to their highest in almost eight years. Gold…
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Seismic Shocks May Affect The Structural Stability Of Tailings Dams

Earthquakes are one of the main external causes behind tailings dams failures. Depending on the severity of an earthquake, cracks and breaches will either cause the dams to fail immediately, or affect the stability of the tailings structure. Seismic waves (elastic waves in the earth) play a large part in the extent of damage to…
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The Inconvenient Truth of Tailings Dams Failures

South America accounts for over 20% of the global number of tailings dams, and there have been two cases of dams failure in the last five years. With their abundance of local natural resources, Latin American nations should not have pollutive tailings dams. When tailings dams fail, they spill contaminated earth laced with toxic mercury…
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Climate Change Affecting Tailings Dams in Cold Climate Mining Operations

In the arctic north, the presence of permafrost is a major consideration in the prospecting of mines. For many mining operators, this geological manifestation has an ecological impact on the entire mining lifecycle — from planning, operation, and eventual abandonment — and the feasibility of mining operations may rest on the durability of the traditional…
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Hydrophobic and Porous Polysulfides — A Revolutionary Advancement for Oil Spill Clean-Up Operations

Oil and gas spills pose a dangerous threat to the environment, communities and the economy. Around the world, especially in fragile ecosystems, the impact of these spills on waterways is a major concern. This contaminated water affects marine life, impacting our seafood supply, as well as our drinking water. On average, it can take two…
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